Not sure when this happened, but I am officially a "Pageant Girl!" It was only my second time competing in Miss New Jersey USA, but I am absolutely smitten with the industry. Contrary to the stigma, state pageants mean a whole lot more than just "beauty." The girls who make it into the competition were selected for their intellect, their poise and their community service.
It was an amazing weekend at The Miss New Jersey USA Pageant. All the hard work and preparation pays off when you hit the stage with 100 of New Jersey's Finest Ladies!! Each and every one of the girls are more outstanding than the next. It's an honor to represent the state with such individuals.
I was extremely humbled that these young women awarded me The Miss Congeniality award for the second time!! I can't even explain how special that makes me feel. Together, we made so many incredible memories over the past weekend. I will truly miss spending time with all of the girls and the State Directors. Thank you all so much for choosing me as your Miss Congeniality!!
Being a part of this pageant allows you to discover who you are and also helps you shape yourself into the woman you want to be. In preparing for this big weekend, I was on a mission to collect coats for the 'Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation.' Thank you so much to all those who contributed, I am proud to say that I collected 151 coats in total!!! They award the Humanitarian Award for the contestants who collect the most coats and I was so proud to receive this award too.
Lastly, I would like to thank The Miss New Jersey USA Pageant for the very generous $20,000 Scholarship I received for making it to The Finals! I am truly very grateful to The Miss Universe Organization. Best of luck to all of my fellow contestants in all of your future endeavors. I know many of you have dedicated years to this pageant system and you all deserve the very best in the future!